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An Effort in Facilitation

Jumu’ah Khutbah in UAE (22 Safar 1434)

Last Friday’s Jumu’ah Khutbah in UAE was on the topic ‘Thanking and Appreciating the Workers’. 

الحمد لله رب العالمين، أحمده سبحانه حمدا طيبا مباركا كما يحب ويرضى، وأشهد أن لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له، وأشهد أن سيدنا محمدا عبد الله ورسوله، اللهم صل وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين، ومن تبعهم بإحسان إلى يوم الدين.
أما بعد: فأوصيكم عباد الله ونفسي بتقوى الله جل وعلا، قال تعالى:( يا أيها الذين آمنوا اتقوا الله ولتنظر نفس ما قدمت لغد واتقوا الله إن الله خبير بما تعملون).
أيها المسلمون: الشكر عرفان بجميل يظهره المرء على لسانه ثناء، وفي قلبه محبة، وعلى جوارحه عملا وسلوكا، وهو صفة من صفات الله تعالى، قال جل وعلا:( إن ربنا لغفور شكور) وقال سبحانه:( إن الله غفور شكور)
والشكر فضيلة يحبها الله تبارك وتعالى من عباده، فهو يهبهم ويعطيهم ليشكروه ويذكروه، قال تعالى:( والله أخرجكم من بطون أمهاتكم لا تعلمون شيئا وجعل لكم السمع والأبصار والأفئدة لعلكم تشكرون)
وقد شكر الله تعالى لعبد صنيعه فغفر له، فعن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه: أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال:« بينما رجل يمشي بطريق وجد غصن شوك على الطريق فأخره، فشكر الله له فغفر له»
وشكر الناس خلق إسلامي وقيمة إنسانية نبيلة أمر بها الإسلام، قال عز وجل:( أن اشكر لي ولوالديك إلي المصير)
وربط النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم بين شكر الله وشكر الناس فقال :« من لم يشكر الناس لم يشكر الله».
قال أهل العلم: معناه أن الله سبحانه لا يقبل شكر العبد على إحسانه إليه إذا كان العبد لا يشكر إحسان الناس، ويكفر معروفهم لاتصال أحد الأمرين بالآخر.
وقد وعد الله تعالى الشاكرين بعظيم الثواب فقال:( وسيجزي الله الشاكرين)
وبين لنا النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم طرق الشكر ووسائله، فمنها الشكر بالجزاء والدعاء، قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم :« من آتى إليكم معروفا فكافئوه، فإن لم تجدوا فادعوا الله له حتى تعلموا أن قد كافأتموه»
ومنها الشكر بالقول الجميل، فعن أسامة بن زيد رضي الله عنه قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم :« من صنع إليه معروف فقال لفاعله: جزاك الله خيرا. فقد أبلغ فى الثناء»
وكما يكون الشكر على معروف كثير فإنه يكون على القليل من المعروف، فعن النعمان بن بشير رضي الله عنه قال قال النبى صلى الله عليه وسلم على المنبر :« من لم يشكر القليل لم يشكر الكثير» وقال بعض الصالحين: الشكر -وإن قل- ثمن لكل نوال وإن جل.
وعلمنا رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم شكر شريحة من العاملين قد لا يلتفت الناس إليهم لبساطة أعمالهم وتواضع أحوالهم، فعن أبى هريرة رضي الله عنه: أن امرأة سوداء كانت تقم المسجد( ) ففقدها رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فسأل عنها بعد أيام، فقيل له: إنها ماتت. قال:« فهلا آذنتموني؟». فأتى قبرها فصلى عليها.
فانظر يا عبد الله كيف كافأ النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم هذا الصنف من الناس الذين عملوا أعمالا قد تبدو في نظر بعض الناس بسيطة، فشفع لهم صلى الله عليه وسلم بالصلاة عليهم، ثم قال :« إن هذه القبور مملوءة ظلمة على أهلها، وإن الله عز وجل ينورها لهم بصلاتي عليهم».
وكان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يتفقد أحوال الذين يعملون معه فيكرمهم ويدعو لهم، وقد دعا لخادمه أنس بن مالك رضي الله عنه بخيري الدنيا والآخرة فقال :« اللهم ارزقه مالا وولدا وبارك له». فكان أنس رضي الله عنه من أكثر الأنصار مالا . ودفن من بنيه وأحفاده في حياته بضع وعشرون ومائة.
عباد الله: إن الإسلام يقدر للإنسان أي عمل يسهم في نهضة المجتمع وبناء الوطن مهما كان بسيطا، قال صلى الله عليه وسلم :« الإيمان بضع وسبعون أو بضع وستون شعبة، فأفضلها قول لا إله إلا الله، وأدناها إماطة الأذى عن الطريق».
فعمارة الأرض تحتاج إلى عقل العالم ومال التاجر وإدارة الماهر، وتتكامل بلمسة العامل الذي يعمل بيديه ليظهر معاني الجمال ويبرز قيمة العمل، فالصروح العامرة والبروج الشاهقة ما كان لها أن تتجمل لولا مهنة من رفع الحجر وزرع الشجر وأماط الأذى، وقد التفت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إلى أهمية عمل هؤلاء العاملين فذكر لهم عظيم أجرهم، قال صلى الله عليه وسلم :« إماطتك الحجر والشوكة والعظم عن الطريق لك صدقة».
اللهم وفقنا جميعا لطاعتك وطاعة من أمرتنا بطاعته, عملا بقولك:( يا أيها الذين آمنوا أطيعوا الله وأطيعوا الرسول وأولي الأمر منكم)
نفعني الله وإياكم بالقرآن العظيم، وبسنة نبيه الكريم صلى الله عليه وسلم،
أقول قولي هذا وأستغفر الله لي ولكم، فاستغفروه إنه هو الغفور الرحيم.

All the praises and thanks be to Allah. I do praise Him as is befitting to His Magnificence and I bear witness there is no deity worthy of worship save Him Alone, having no partners. I also certify that Muhammad is the Servant of Allah and His Messenger, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his family, his companions, and all those who will follow them in righteousness till the Day of Judgment.

O Servants of Allah,

I urge you and myself to be ever conscious and do construct our lives in accordance to what Allah, the Almighty, has ordered us just as He says, “O you who have believed, fear Allah. And let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow – and fear Allah. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do.” (Al Hashr: 18).

Dear Muslims,

To show appreciation for others in return for their kindness, Muslims are urged to express it through words and feelings of gratitude. Allah the Almighty says “Indeed, our Lord is Forgiving and Appreciative.” (Fatir: 34). He also says, “Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Appreciative.” (Ashura: 23).

Being grateful is a virtue that Allah, the Most Exalted, loves to see in his Servants. He, therefore, bestows His bounties upon His Servants, for them to thank Him and remember Him. Allah, may glory be to him, says, “And Allah has extracted you from the wombs of your mothers not knowing a thing, and He made for you hearing and vision and intellect that perhaps you would be grateful.” (Annahl: 78).

It was narrated in a Hadith that Allah, the most Exalted, appreciated a person’s act and forgave him as a result. Abu Huraira, may Allah be pleased with him, reported Allah’s Messenger pbuh as saying, “while a person was going along the path he found a thorny branch upon it. He pushed it to a side and Allah approved (this action) of his and (as a mark of appreciation) granted him pardon.”

Truly, thanking people is a highly valued human virtue and moral decreed in Islam. Allah, the Almighty, says, “Be grateful to Me and to your parents; to Me is the [final] destination.” (Luqman: 14). Our Prophet Muhammad pbuh linked the act of thanking Allah, the most Exalted, with thanking people, just as he says, “whoever is not grateful to the people is not grateful to Allah.”

It was reported from some scholars that Allah, the most Exalted, will not accept His servants’ gratitude to Him, if they are ungrateful to people’s favours to them, for each matter is linked to the other. However, Allah, the Almighty, has promised the grateful amongst His servants a great reward when He says, “But Allah will reward the grateful.” (Al Imarn: 144).

Our Guide Muhammad pbuh taught us ways to do so, by for example compensating those who acted kindly to us or praying for them. He pbuh said, “whoever does you a favour, then reciprocate, and if you cannot, then supplicate for him until you think that you have repaid him.” Saying good words is one more way among many to show appreciation. Usama bin Zaid narrated that the Messenger of Allah pbuh said, “whoever has some good done to him, and he says, ‘may Allah reward you in goodness’ then he has done the most that he can of praise.”

Yet, expressing gratitude should be as much for numerous favours as for little. Al Nuaman Ibn Basheer reported Allah’s Messenger pbuh, while on the pulpit, as saying, “The one who is not grateful for little is not grateful for plenty.” In the same regard, one of the pious said, “appreciation, even if it is little, will compensate kindness even though it is plentiful.”

On a related note, our Prophet pbuh taught us also to think of and thank a big section of workers who may go unnoticed because of the simple jobs they do and the modest life they lead. It was narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira, may Allah be pleased with him, that a dark-complexioned woman used to sweep the mosque. The Messenger of Allah pbuh missed her and ask about her. People told him that she died. Thereupon, he said, “lead me to her grave.” They led him to that place where he said prayer over her.

O Servants of Allah,

Please ponder how our Prophet pbuh would award this category of people, who perform some kind of jobs that some people may consider as commonplace. He pbuh rather offered to intercede for them by praying over them. He pbuh said, “verily these graves are full of darkness for their dwellers. Verily the Mighty and Glorious Allah illuminates them for their occupants by reason of my prayer over them.”

Moreover, our Master pbuh would ask about the situation of people working with him. Thus he would treat them to food and pray for them. He once prayed for his servant Anas Ibn Malik, may Allah be pleased with him, to gain the reward of both this life and the next. He pbuh said, “O Allah! Give him (i.e., Anas) property and children and bless him.” Thus Anas Ibn Malik was one of the richest among the Ansar and during his lifetime more than 120 of his offspring died.

O Believers,

Islam holds in high esteem any work, no matter how simple may seem as long as it contributes to the progress of the society. The Prophet pbuh said, “Iman has over seventy or over sixty branches, the uppermost of which is the declaration: none has the right to be worshipped save Allah and the least of which is the removal of harmful objects from the road.”

This is because the enterprise of populating the earth requires the genius of the scientist, the wealth of the businessman and the managerial skills of the executive. But still such a mission needs an equal input from the worker, who works with his hands to bring into focus the meanings of beauty and highlight the value of work.

Indeed the magnificent edifices and the towering buildings cannot be materialised without such tasks as lifting stones, planting trees and removing harm from the road undertaken by labourers. Our Prophet Muhammad pbuh pointed out to the value of their work and deserving rewards. He said, “your removing stones, thorns and bones from people’s path is Sadaqa (act of charity).”

Bearing this in mind, we seek Allah to help us to obey Him and those He has ordained upon us to obey pursuant to His instructions: “O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you.” (An-nisaa: 59).

May Allah bless you and me with the ability to implement the Holy Quran and the Sunna of His Messenger Muhammad pbuh. I say my words and pray to Allah, the Almighty, to grant us forgiveness. Supplicate to Allah for forgiveness for He is the Most Forgiving and the Most Merciful.

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